Friday, October 14, 2011

Sakana @ Clayfield, Brisbane

Going with the Japanese theme from my last Salmon Don post, I thought I go with the flow and let you in on a place up at Clayfield where we also do our grocery shopping. Although I can't credit myself for finding this place (that credit goes to a newspaper who was doing a top 5 place for Japanese food / sushi rolls), it was nevertheless a pat in the back for actually checking out Sakana. 

The place is small cozy, the inside can probably accommodate around 20 pax, with the option of sitting outside. If you look at the menu, you will see that it skew towards sushi rolls and their sizzling plates. Having read about how good their sushi rolls, we had to order one. Deciding against a sizzling plate which looks and smelled good from across the other table, we ordered something healthier; chirashi sushi.  


A simple salad with a vinaigrette dressing and the basic miso soup to start the meal.


The sushi rolls are all huge and fusion styled. We had a topping of crab meat and tempura batter and inside was filled with cream cheese and unagi. I believe the other 10 options have some familiar items like soft shell crab and salmon avocado but otherwise its a mish mash of everything. 

Back to the roll, it was good and pretty much substantial enough to fill up one person. 


However the chirashi sushi seemed a bit lacking. The cuts of fish was unexciting, quite thin in cut and I guess I expected maybe a slice or two more for AUD20 (especially after how much salmon sashimi I yielded for AUD20). 

Otherwise, the other slight disappointment is realising the restaurant is run by Koreans. No offence to the Koreans but a sign of authenticity is matching the nationality of the cooking staff with the cuisine served. However since we are talking about fusion sushi, who cares (especially half the sushi stalls are manned by Koreans in town)? 

Will definitely come back for somemore sushi rolls.

Address and contact details:

Sakana Japanese Dining Bar on Urbanspoon

Verdict: 3.5 stars out of 5 stars. I have always had a soft spot for small cozy restaurants that serve decent food. Sakana fits the bill.


Michelle Chin said...

the chirashi does look a bit sad. i don't really like chinese running japanese rest. or koreans running chinese restaurants cos it's going to be different. unless, those koreans/chinese have been staying say japan or china for a really long time and worked in a kitchen there.

Brisbane Devoured said...

it seems like every japanese place in brisbane is run by koreans! (okay not every one, but its quite common)

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

brisbane devoured: esp the sushi roll stalls! and the supermarkets!

mchin: yeah i know its a placebo effect i guess that food taste better if made by the same nationality as the cuisine.

msihua said...

Hey, at least Koreans are a lot closer to Japan to all the other Japanese shops run here by China and Hong Kong owners... OMG...

That roll does look enticing though :)

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

msihua: oh no! im avoiding all jap shops in melbourne.